A place where thousands of kids learned their ABCs and 123s is now for sale as a converted single-family home with oodles of space.
Though the exterior of the former school may not offer a ton of cheery curb appeal, the interior spaces tell a different story.
“It does not give you an institutional feel. … When you walk in, it feels like a home,” explains listing agent Kay Perry. “It’s because of the way the owners have taken care of it and restored it. [It’s] everything that they have in there. It absolutely feels like walking into someone’s large home. It’s warm. It’s fun. It’s cheerful.”
The 25,000-square-foot building sits on 8 acres. About 12,000 square feet are in use as living space. The remaining square footage still looks like a school.
In the renovated part of the building, there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half-baths.
“Some of the bathrooms have been converted from the urinals and stalls and all that kind of stuff. It’s really cool what they have done,” Perry says. Glass blocks separate some of the original urinals while other bathrooms have been completely redone.
Built in 1950, the school covered kindergarten through fifth grade until 2002. The large complex sat vacant for several years until the current owners began turning it into a home a few years ago.
Inside, the rooms are huge and it’s fairly easy to see the building was used for a previous purpose.
“They haven’t partitioned off any of the rooms. All the bedrooms are as big as those individual classrooms were,” Perry says. “They didn’t try to build up and block out and create different rooms. They just have great big rooms.”
The owners used room dividers and other methods to separate some of the interior spaces.
The current kitchen has a bit of an industrial feel and sits exactly where the school’s kitchen used to be—right next to a huge multipurpose room with a stage.
“They kept the stage part and then got a really huge screen that they can use a projector and watch movies on,” Perry says. The balcony in the room was likely used to store supplies for school plays and other performances.
The school’s original gym is still intact, the floors have all been redone, and there’s new insulation.
In an aquatic twist, there’s also an indoor, above-ground pool in one of the huge spaces. Folks on a Facebook group for school alumni say the pool sits where the school library used to be.
“The pool cost almost $10,000, and it’s heated. It’s heavenly. It’s just like walking into your own private spa when you go in there,” Perry says.
Perry says whoever buys the place might not opt to live there. The sheer square footage means there are options beyond what the current owners have accomplished.
“It’s got tons of potential. I’ve had people call me with all kinds of ideas of what they could do,” Perry explains. The property is about 50 miles from Nashville, she says, so it could be a good venue for a country artist to escape the city life.
“The owners of this property have absolutely rescued this building and made it what it is now. Someone else can take it and go forward with and even do more magnificent things.”
Options include an office building, entertainment venue, climate-controlled storage, day care, church, or even a school again.
Former students are understandably curious about what has happened to Jones Elementary.
“Since [the owners] purchased this school, many people have come and knocked on the door and want to see what they have done. I mean, they know the floor plan because they went to school there,” Perry says.
“It was probably like a lot of the smaller community schools we had many years ago where everybody knew everyone,” she says. “That school has been the glue that held some of them together with all the fun memories that they had there.”
Now it’ll be up to a new owner to write the next chapter for this place full of fun memories.